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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My favorites Covers of: Smells Like Teen Spirit

I'm happy to say that 4 of my 5 favorites covers of Nirvana's song -Smells Like Teen Spirit-, are sung by females who owned the song !

  1. Daniel Johns (Silverchair vocalist)
  2. Within Temptation
  3. Joan Jett & Nirvana
  4. Tori Amos
  5. Patti Smith

There are fantastic female groups and vocalists out there but this industry and the rock genre still has stupid men who think that only men can give a hard core performance of a song. With this songs, my evidence, I show you that you don't need to play songs the same way as pseudo "macho rockers" do. 

A Powerful song is the one that touch a heart and soul.


Issued to radio on August 27,1991, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was released two weeks later on September 10 as the lead single from Nevermind, the band's major label debut on DGC Records. The song did not initially chart, and it sold well only in regions of the United States with an established fanbase for the group. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was not expected to be a hit, for it was merely intended to be the base-building alternative rock cut from the album. 

It was anticipated that the follow-up single "Come as You Are" would be the song that could cross over to mainstream formats. However, campus radio and modern rock radio stations picked up on the track, and placed it on heavy rotation. The video received its world premiere on MTV's late-night alternative rock program 120 Minutes, and proved so popular that the channel began to air it during its regular daytime rotation. By the end of the year, the song, its accompanying video, and the Nevermind album had become hits. Both the song and Nevermind became a rare cross-format phenomenon, reaching all the major rock radio formats including modern rock, hard rock, album rock, and college radio.

"Teen Spirit" hit number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, and has since been certified platinum (one million copies shipped) by the Recording Industry Association of America.However, many American Top 40 stations were reluctant to play the song in regular rotation due to its sound, and restricted it to night-time play.

In the years following Cobain's 1994 death and the band's breakup, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" has continued to garner critical acclaim, and is now often listed as one of the greatest songs of all time. It was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of "The Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll" in 1997. In 2000, VH1 rated the song at number forty-one on its "100 Greatest Rock Songs" list, while MTV and Rolling Stone ranked it third on their joint list of the "100 Greatest Pop Songs".

 The Recording Industry Association of America placed "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at number eighty on their 2001 "Songs of the Century" list. In 2002, NME awarded the song the number two spot on its list of "100 Greatest Singles of All Time", with Kerrang! ranking it at number one on its own list of the "100 Greatest Singles of All Time". VH1 placed "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at number one on its list of "100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years".

There you go. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy listening to this great covers. If you have like other cover and you would like me to listen, comment below. :)

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